The "urban forest" refers to all vegetation, public and private, growing in the city.  Urban trees provide benefits that are fundamental to our city's livability such as improving air and water quality, cooling streets and homes, and providing beauty and habitat.

Street trees are located in public rights-of-way, such as in planter strips along sidewalks.  Learn more about property owners' responsibilities for trimming trees and vegetation, and review Chapter 13.12 of the Hood River Municipal Code.

Permits are required to install and replace street trees.  Review the City of Hood River's Recommended Street/Shade Tree List to learn more about appropriate species. 

A healthy community forest begins with careful planning.  With a little research and a simple layout, you can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and tame the winter winds.  For more information on planting trees on private property visit the Arbor Day Foundation's "The Right Tree in the Right Place" website, as well as their "Tree Wizard."